mediven® functional zones and relief zones

mediven® flat knit adapts to your life

Functional zones - mediven® flat knit adapts to your life

For greater user comfort when wearing compression stockings – for the whole day

For effective therapy, patients should wear their compression stockings for the whole day – at work (such as in the office) and outside of work.

This demands a high level of comfort. We have designed flexure functional zones on knees and elbows for the models mediven 550 Leg, mediven cosy and mediven 550 Arm, which make the therapy even more pleasant. The tried and trusted ellipses (Y-sweeping) ensure more comfort, particularly for patients that need to hold their arm(s) or leg(s) in a bent position permanently. Such as wheelchair users, for example.

For patients with hallux valgus and varus toe we offer special ease zones. They reduce the pressure on the affected areas that are often painful.

Flexure functional zone knee: More freedom of movement

We have developed a special fabric for the new flexure functional zone for the knees: It compresses the back of the knee when bending and thus minimises wrinkling. The flexible fabric ensures better stretchability on the kneecap, giving you more freedom of movement. It also gives you more comfort when doing exercises.

This option is available for the model mediven 550 Leg and mediven cosy.

Knee ellipse (Y-sweeping): Relief for permanent bending

The knee ellipse is adapted to the anatomy of the user. They are suitable for patients who have to keep their legs bent, either all the time or most of the time – such as wheelchair users. In a clearly defined angle, there is more fabric on the upper side of the knee and less on the bent side. This takes the pressure off the kneecap and means less wrinkling on the bent side.

Flexure functional zone elbow: Greater wearing comfort

This functional zone provides you with even more wearing comfort in the elbow area. Thanks to the special fabric in the bend of the elbow and elbow, the garment optimally adapts to your movements. It is particularly suitable if you often bend your arms when working on the PC, for example.

This option is available for the model mediven 550 Arm.

Elbow ellipse (Y-sweeping): Comfort in a permanently bent position

Patients who must hold their arm permanently close to the body, or who are paralysed, need pressure at the elbow to be reduced. Integrated Y-sweeps at a fixed, defined angle lengthen the stocking in an elliptical shape on the outside of the elbow. The reduced quantity of material ensures less wrinkling on the bent side.  

In brief: Difference between functional zone and ellipse

The functional zones give more freedom of movement during activities such as cycling. The ellipses, on the other hand, bring relief above all to patients who must stay in the same posture for a long period of time. An overview:

Functional zones


  • Special fabric for knees and elbows
  • Very elastic, stretchable and flexible


  • Fabric contracts during bending movements and minimises wrinkling in the bent area
  • Flexibility of the fabric makes it more stretchable
  • adjusts optimally to the movement

For which patients is the application suited?

  • The application is specially developed for mobile, predominantly active patients who can and want to move a great deal: during sport or in movement-intensive professions.
  • The functional zones are also suitable for sedentary activities in which arms or knees are often bent.


Elliptical shape (Y-sweeping)


  • No special fabric, but rather adjustment to the functional position through integrated Y-sweeping at a defined angle
  • Elliptical lengthening of the front side of the knee or the elbow


  • Reduced wrinkling in the folds owing to less material
  • Less pressure on the patella or elbow owing to more material in the form of defined Y-sweeping
  • Can be fixed in the shape adjusted to the anatomy (arm: 135°, 150°, 160°; leg: extension 2–8 cm)

For which patients is the application suited?

  • This application has been developed to meet the special requirements of predominantly immobile patients.
  • It is suitable for users who must keep their arms or legs bent over a longer period of time, such as wheelchair users and patients who need to hold the arm permanently in a position close to the body, or who are paralysed.


Varus toe ease zone: Minimises pressure

In addition to the hallux valgus, the varus toe is a common foot deformation. Due to the metatarsal bone being misaligned, the ball of the little toe protrudes out and is very sensitive to pressure. The new varus toe ease zone minimises the pressure on this point.

This option is available for the model mediven 550 Leg and mediven cosy.

Hallux ease zone: Optimal fit

The highly flexible fabric of the proven hallux ease zone reduces the pressure on the hallux valgus and provides an optimal fit. Ganglions on the big toe are suffered by around 23 percent of people up to the age of 65, and up to 35.7 percent for those older than 65*.

This option is available for the model mediven 550 Leg and mediven cosy.

mediven flat knit functional zones – function and design in a new and unique way.


* Nix S, Smith M, Vicenzino B. Prevalence of hallux valgus in the general population: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Foot Ankle Res 2010;3:21.